From: Carlos Gonzaliahttp://www.ptanderson.com/featurefilms/magnolia/secrets.htm
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Magnolia Hi Bryan, I forgot to comment you about it. Saw it. Then I went and saw it again. God damn it, if that isn't the best movie I've seen in the last years, I don't know which one could be. And believe me, I'm a big film art fan and am very demanding with what I consider film art. So much for praise and art discussion hehe... Definitely the movie connects with the Mystery: it's basically a huge metaphore of the secret connections underlying everybody's life, and how the old cliche of "God acts in mysterious ways" is indeed very true. There are quite some Biblical symbols (tons of references to Exodus 8:2), and many masonic ones too. The whole thing has a kinship with the wild ramblings of Charles Fort, also. I was too lost in the awesome workmanship of the movie to pay the numbers deeper attention than the 82's (which are easy to see). There are some meanings for the names, I'd guess. At least many of the female characters have flower names, that should say something. I'm still pondering about it, though. If you watch the movie, perhaps you may recognize some cultural references that escape me, since I wasn't raised in the US. In any case, you can check the list of characters over the IMDB site... This is a page you should check:
I hope I will have the chance to see the movie again before it goes out of the theaters. Not only for the symbol hunting to make our Orphan friends happier, but because it is quality artwork.
I don't suppose I can get off with appeasing The Pimp by seeing Shaft this weekend, so.. I'll see magnolia.